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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Performing Arts, Support, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Hope Stone, Inc. unlocks the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all.

Target demographics: Hope Stone, Inc. believes in art for all, we believe Brilliant Art = Brilliant Minds

Direct beneficiaries per year: We work with 700 students ages 2-95 yrs, and perform each year to over 3000 students, some seeing live dance/theater for the first time

Geographic areas served: Greater Houston, Throughout Texas

Programs: Hope Stone’s mission is to unlock the innate creativity of young people and adults through our arts outreach programs with a vision of art for all. We are an organization dedicated to nurturing the creative side of children and adults through the positive, empowering experience of the arts. At Hope Stone we believe in Mindfulness Arts Education and are dedicated to this concept in all aspects of our work in the community. Founded in 1997 by its current President & CEO, Jane Weiner, Hope Stone conveys the intrinsic value of the arts through education programs tailored to suit the needs of specific populations of children and adults. Our children’s program (Hope Stone Kids) reaches out to students in a variety of school settings, using highly skilled artists from the artistic disciplines of music, dance, and theater. Hope Stone’s professional dance company (Hope Stone Dance) stages compelling and accessible new works that challenge, entertain, and educate audiences. Recently, Hope Stone has successfully adapted the time-tested methods used in its youth programming to create an arts outreach program for special populations (The Hope Project).

Community Stories

191 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Ashley158

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope Stone reaches hundreds of children a year with mindful arts education taught by passionate, seasoned professional artists in multiple disciplines. The instructors teach love, respect, self discipline, and countless other invaluable life skills while providing the highest quality instruction. The joy of a Hope Stone classroom is indescribable.

1 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group. Jane and the rest of the crew are committed to making the arts available for everyone--from preschoolers to seniors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going their ever sence I was little I was in their creative movement class, their drama class, their drumming class and their interact class. I have one memory from get last year I was in hope stone kids where I was back stage wating to go on when I look Behinde me a one of my best freinds is napping I latter teased him about it but I thought it was so cool that every one could be that calm.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is an awesome group of people who care about all the art of the world but their favorite is dance and dance outreach. Jane Weiner is a saint!!! She bonds with everyone she comes in contact with. She is an incredible woman who deserves to be acknowledged.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone has taught me so much from dance, singing, acting, and even some life lessons. I have recently started working in the intoract class and I love it!!!

1 Amy_52

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began working as a teaching artist as soon as I could after meeting the President & CEO, Jane Weiner. Her care of people radiates throughout this organization and is what motivates her to provide arts education for underserved populations. I teach Hope Stone's intergenerational theatre class, which has been a resounding success, with both teenagers and senior citizens saying it is the highlight of their week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The first time I took class at Hope Stone I left thinking "I just found my people". The art created is excellent, but more importantly it is used to grow people and connect them to each other.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone has a very important mission. They want to ensure that all groups in our community have art available to them in some form. My family became involved with this organization when my son was quite young. As he grew, we used and participated in different services. Most recently he worked in a group that brought teenagers and the elderly together for theater.

I can't even begin to express the passion that everyone involved with this organization has. Their vision and leadership are something to be admired and supported. Jane Weiner and her team add so much to our community on a daily basis. It has been our pleasure to have had the opportunity to support the organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is a huge part of my life for 10 years now. It will be for a long time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to give a review for Hope Stone! My daughter has been a part of their programming for many years from music, to dance, to theatre. By far, her involvement with this organization has been one of her most profound yet. I am constantly delighted with the creativity and ingenuity the classes manifest. Hope Stone has been a source of deep challenges and transformation for Lily. She always looks forward to being a part of the magic when a new opportunity arises.
Jane's vision for the company continues to be an inspiration and an asset for Houston. There is truly nothing else like this group.
I can't recommend Hope Stone enough. I encourage anyone and everyone to get involved with this gem.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a dancer and teacher with Hopestone for the past five years.

I am currently teach special populations for Hopestone including underserved, homeless and disabled.

Art teaches compassion, critical thinking, confidence, creativity, focus, perseverance, how to receive constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability. I see this overall growth of my students throughout the year.

The reach of the Hopestone organization is vast and is continually growing. The dedication to quality teaching is of utmost importance and teachers are given the necessary tools to excel.

This organization is always striving to evolve in order to give art to all.

Jennifer499

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am new to Houston but have heard about Hope Stone's work to bring art to the underserved for a while. This company is thinking "out of the box" to find more ways that art can bring joy, heal and help people evolve! I'm truly honored to know the artists involved and am inspired by their work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hope Stone for over 3 years. This organization has a terrific vision and offers first rate programs. There CEO and staff operate with the highest levels of integrity. The ongoing outreach to bring art to those without access has been something to watch and be a part of. If you attend any Hope Stone event you will see children and adults transformed before your eyes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about how great this organization is and the wonderful things they bring to our children! The instructors are so loving and caring!! They take time to warm the hearts of all the children they come in contact with on a weekly basis!! Wednesdays are our favorite days!!! We love Hope Stone!! Thanks for bringing the ARTS to our fabulous children at Generation One!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had a wonderful partnership with Hope Stone for several years. It has been a great experience. From the administration to the teachers, it has been a pleasure to work with them. They are flexible and attentive to any ideas and suggestions. Aside from those positive things, their program is of great benefit to the children they serve in our program. Our children grow in many ways through the enrichment they receive through the Hope Stone program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is truly amazing the importance of non-profit art programs in the overall education process for society today. I am continually in awe of the outreach and the profound success Hope Stone brings to children whom have had art programs completely removed from their educational programs. This success is what has inspired me to stay involved with the program. Our children have grown up with this program and have gone on to give back by working with the amazing professional teaching staff in the classrooms today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is one of the most visible and effective dance and art outreach programs for all ages in Houston! We heard about Hope Stone not long after we moved to Houston, and we heard of and witnessed the impact that they had on the community as a whole! Besides outreach, social dance lessons were offered, of which I have taken Salsa and Waltz... the only two dance classes I've ever taken. On top of that, the Hope Stone dance company introduced me to some of the most fun and innovative dancers and choreographers in the area. I can honestly say that Hope Stone has been one of the things I like most about Houston, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My three children attended " Kid's Play " a performance program at Hope Stone for about 4 years. The level of commitment and talent Hope Stone's staff brought to my children and their peers was a important support the children needed. It was difficult to say goodbye when we moved out of Houston!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All three of my kids have enjoyed Hopestone's Kid's Play for several years now! My older teen loves the teens group of dance, yoga, drama, and drumming! His teachers are talented and good role models! My younger teen has found his nitch with the photography class, his teacher is fantastic!

1 Jacquelyne B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hopestone is a organization that believes in art for all.

I am a strong believer that all should have the opportunity to heal, learn and grow through art. Hopestone is an organization that has allowed me to share and teach dance to others. In the process I have found that when people are finished with the dance class they are excited that they have the opportunity to dance, express themselves and learn. Usually they express to me that they are glad that dance classes exist and that they try to go to gyms and work out but it doesn't feel as good for the body.

Children in my experience have the same experience., minus the gym part They enjoy the creative choices in a structured environment. I have seen growth and joy from big to smalll!

Everyone progresses at their own rate and all victories are celebrated and acknowledged in this art and dance organization. This I find is different from any other of its kind in Houston.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I moved back to Houston with the intention of moving to New York City after I saved up some money. On my journey I needed to keep my dancing skills intact and found Hopestone. I started by taking class, then I started to volunteer, then I was asked to help with the childerns programs, then I was asked to be a company member and teach technique class.

Not only do I have the opportunity to change lives through dance in Houston but I have found a place that has allowed me to do so with such ease.

I currently have no intention on moving and look forward to growing with and in this community called Hopestone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Stone Inc is such a wonderful non-profit organization. The kids program is just one of the many ways they teach humans about art and how art is beneficial for the soul. Hope stone has taught me to be a better dancer and learn how to love the art in our everyday existence.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A dynamic organization that continues to push art to the forefront. Inspiring, creative and a community gem.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Stone is an amazing organization, bringing the arts to at-risk youth through a dynamic program called Kids Play. A year-long drumming, theater and creative movement class, kids explore, grow, gain confidence, learn to work together and ooze creativity. In addition, scholarships are given to many kids in town to take various arts classes. Finally, Hope Stone Dance Company is the toast of Houston's modern dance scene and opens up hundreds of seats to at-risk kids for their performances. Jane Weiner is a phenomenal visionary, promoting that art not only heals, but is necessary for a healthy and vibrant life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became an intern at Hope Stone right after I graduated from college and moved to Houston 2 years ago. At this time I did not have a job yet in the Houston area, but I knew Hope offered a welcoming start to jump into the Houston arts community. It is a place I can go to take class; to continue growing as an artist, to come back to my center, and to be with others who share my love for learning about movement. Jane has had a huge impact on my dance education since college. She and the entire Hope Stone staff have such a generous, genuine, and positive energy. One of the most positive programs that this organization has in effect is HopeWerks; a residency program that allows young and growing artists the opportunity to use the space for artistic creation and production. I have been a part of 2 HopeWerks so far and have applied for the opportunity to have my own residency. Hope Stone is definitely an asset to the Houston arts community. It is one of the few organizations in Houston in which I have felt at home.